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"I discovered wine in David Lawrason's kitchen..."

Gary LaRosePresident, Rosehill Wine Cellars

Like many people, I enjoyed wine; Then sometime during the job of renovating David Lawrason's kitchen, (a highly regarded Canadian wine writer), I fell in love. My perception of wine was changed forever.

During the renovation, David's wife Shirley was kind enough to prepare lunch for me and my crew. David would open an appropriate bottle to accompany the food. He would often give me sample bottles to appreciate later at home and the next day would ask me my opinions of these wines.

My curiosity piqued and I decided to take one of David Lawrason's wine courses. For numerous years David has produced Wine Access Magazine. He is an authority on wine and his opinion I value a great deal. Wine Access Magazine I consider essential reading. The decision to take this course was a turning point in my life, and subsequently numerous courses were to follow. The participants in these courses contributed immensely to my enjoyment. We shared a real kinship in enjoying and discussing the sublime experience of enjoying wine. Their comments and opinions helped me to appreciate wine more fully. Sharing the experience with others helps one to more fully savor the moment.

I learned that blending the right wine and food can create sensual magic. Each serves to heighten the flavour and aroma of the other and can transport us on a delectable journey through space and time. The importance of aroma in creating and evoking memories is well documented, and as I educated myself about the complexities of wine bouquet and how it is interlinked with taste, I learned to appreciate how the merging of good food with great wine can offer new sensory experiences.

It is the very complexity of wine that makes it so enjoyable. Wine evolves from a rich diversity of variables – the type of grapes, the climate, the soils the vines grow in, viticultural and wine-making processes, even the way it is stored and served. That is why wine-making is truly a fine art – an inspired way of combining nature's disparate elements to create a unique masterpiece that appeals to all of our senses.

Something magical happens when the right blends of food and wine merge. Wine and food, when served together at a meal, heighten one another's qualities. It is a true example of synergy. Wine engages our immediate sensory and involves intellect and memory. Flavors and smells can transport us through time and space. As I acquired more knowledge about wine I also learned how important the sense of smell is in tasting and appreciating wine and food. I also found the important link between our sense of smell and memory.

Wine is so enjoyable because of its underlying complexity. The complexity comes from the many variables in the process. It is a process, which starts with the vines, the soil and the climate and ends with storage and how the wine is served. For this reason the making of fine wine is an art. It is the expression of creativity.

I also enjoy the science of wine making. I like to understand the relationship between geography, history and science in the creative process. It is this that gives the masterpiece its context. One remembers the place one has been and one longs to visit the wine regions that one is sampling and to touch le terroir.

Taking David Lawrason's wine course set me on the path to becoming a discriminating wine collector, avidly pursuing my passion by establishing a diverse reserve of my favourite and most interesting fine wines. Like all wine enthusiasts everywhere, I wanted to establish a perfect space to showcase my collection – which is how Kitchen Design Group first became involved in creating ideal wine cellars, wine rooms and other wine storage facilities that are both beautiful and practical ways to maintain your wine.

Over the years we have built numerous wine cellars and wine rooms for many different clients, from full basement renovations to custom designed facilities in new constructions.

Now Rosehill Wine Cellar also offers a full range of wine racks, wine cabinets, wine cellar cooling units, wine accessories including crystals and decanters, even wine cellar management software, apps and labels that will make organizing your cellar or wine room a breeze.

To find out more, contact us by calling toll Free: 1-888-253-6807 or 905-275-0979, emailing info@rosehillwinecellars.com, or visiting us at our west end Toronto (Mississauga) retail location. We are open from Monday to Friday 9-6 and 10-5 on Saturdays.

It will be our great pleasure to share our wine experiences with you.

 

 

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